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CHAROTTE OFFERS VETERANS DAY TRIBUTES November 8, 2012

LAND OF THE FREE – We owe it to YOU, Veterans!!

Veterans Day is the time to remember those who have sacrificed so much to protect our country and our freedom. Veterans Day gives us an opportunity to pay tribute and sincere appreciation to the people who have ensured the liberties we cherish as American citizens. Charlotte supports our men and women of the Armed Forces through many organizations and services who deserve public acknowledgement on Veterans Day. Opportunities of praise and celebration for our Vets will be available throughout the Charlotte area November 9-11.

A Wreath Laying Ceremony will be held on Friday, November 9, 2012 11:45 a.m. at The Square in Uptown Charlotte. In a solemn ceremony, the Carolinas Freedom Foundation will conduct a wreath laying ceremony to correspond with the signing of the WWI Armistice or end of the War, which was held on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Today, this ceremony honors veterans of all wars who died defending America.www.carolinasfreedomfoundation.org

On a lighter note for Friday, you can head to the “Cable Box” (aka Time Warner Arena) to join the Charlotte Checkers hockey team host Military Appreciation Night!  They are asking everyone to bring travel-sized toiletries to donate to the USO.  Game time 7pm vs. opponent the Peoria Rivermen!  www.gocheckers.com

On November 10, 2012 watch and cheer at The Charlotte Veteran’s Day Parade.US Airways will sponsor the 2012 Salute to Veterans Parade at 11 a.m.in Uptown Charlotte. The parade begins at 700 North Tryon St and ends at 600 South Tryon St. www.uso-nc.org

In honor of Veterans Day, the Festival Singers showcase their beautiful voices with an uplifting and sentimental musical journey through the very heart and soul of our American national heritage. Audiences will hear great patriotic standards, such as America the Beautiful, This Land is Your Land, and The Battle Hymn of the Republic as well as moving renditions of Song for the Unsung Hero by Joseph Martin and excerpts from The Armed Man: a Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins. Special guests include Carolina Men’s Chorus and Sound About. There will be two performances:  Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7:30pm, Providence Baptist Church, 4921 Randolph Road, Charlotte, NC 28211 and Sunday, Nov. 11 at 3:30pm, Central United Methodist Church, 30 Union Street North, Concord, NC 28025. www.carolinavoices.org

On Sunday, November 11 at 1:00 p.m. at Bank of America Stadium is another all-American sporting event – Carolina Panthers football http://www.panthers.com.  They too will be hosting a Military Appreciation Day which is always moving and wonderfully done.

Also on Sunday, at 3:00 p.m., families can enjoy the story of Charlotte’s Camp Greene, the World War I installation that drew thousands of people to tiny Charlotte 1917 – 1918.Filmmaker Jack Dillard will discuss his work, and Jane Johnson of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s Carolina Room will present an extensive display of Camp Greene memorabilia. The program will take place at the historic Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road in Myers Park. Part of the ongoing series Explore History! Sponsored by Levine Museum and the Duke Mansion. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. To reserve your spot, email pmartin@tlwf.org or call 704/714-4448. www.museumofthenewsouth.org

And finally, if you’d prefer to quietly reflect on our nation’s veterans, visit the Mecklenburg County Vietnam Veterans Memorial 1129 E 3rd St in Charlotte. www.charlottevietnammemorial.org The Memorial is now accessible from the Sugar Creek Greenway in uptown Charlotte.  Visit the memorial and walk the 270-foot granite arc while reading the historical timeline; view a map of Southeast Asia during the war; honor the names of those from Mecklenburg County who died; experience the war through the poems of a Vietnam veteran; and, pause to reflect at the American and POW/MIA flags.

Charlotte citizens have a time-honored tradition of honoring those who have served to protect our country. Whether it is singing, cheering or quiet thanks, Charlotteans have the opportunity to recognize and honor our veterans.  God bless America, and God bless our Vets.               

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SOUTHERN TRADITION EMBRACING THE FAITH September 7, 2012

Charlotte, North Carolina has done an amazing job of enfolding wonderfully historic traditional ways with an ever changing, globally diverse population. New Charlotteans and Southern natives can enjoy a burgeoning art scene, a buzzing Center City, beautiful tree-lined streets and neighborhoods, great schools and over 700 places of worship.

The growing diversity of Charlotte’s religious landscape is evident in the south Charlotte’s Ballantyne area’s own little circle of faith. In an eight mile radius Ballantyne has Hope of Israel Messianic, Covenant Baptist Church, Light of Christ Church, South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church and St. Matthew Catholic Church. Amazingly, St. Matthew has become the largest Christian congregation in Charlotte – unheard of in this former “Bible Belt” stronghold of just a decade or two ago! Further,  south Charlotte has the largest Jewish population in the Carolinas. Shalom Park located on Providence Road, is home to Temple Beth El (reform) and Temple Israel (conservative) and is also home to “the J”, a recreation center enjoyed by people of all faiths. Additionally, there are approximately 5000 Muslims living in Charlotte, North Carolina, a significant number of whom live in south Charlotte area despite the fact that no permanent Masjid (Muslim center of worship) close by. Recognizing this gap, South Musalla was established in 1995 in a rental miniature golf retail space to have Friday Khutba & prayers.

Fortunately, religious diversity in Charlotte has created a community of tolerance and understanding. A more than decades old interfaith relationship is shared with Temple Beth El, Myers Park Baptist Church, and three years ago, came to include Ash Shaheed Mosque, as they hold the “Families of Abraham” Dialogue throughout the year. This dialogue offers participants an opportunity to share, compare and appreciate their own faith while learning more about the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths.

And what better way towards understanding than through the arts? The Families of Abraham Photographic Narrative, which explores the commonalities among Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths, has traveled and been exhibited at museums and colleges in North Carolina and around the country and is now on display at the must-visit Levine Museum of the New South (www.museumofthenewsouth.orgthrough September 9, 2012.
Led by project director and curator Eleanor Brawley, a team of eight local photographers followed eleven Jewish, Christian and Muslim families from the Charlotte area for one year, documenting their faith practices and daily lives.

Charlotte gladly welcomes newcomers into its Southern fold with outstretched arms filled with tree-lined neighborhoods fulfilling the economic, aesthetic and spiritual needs of all residents.  To learn more about our fine Southern, increasingly diverse, community, please contact one of our wonderful agents at Bon Maison Properties 704-541-2500 or visit our website www.southcharlotteliving.com!